- One less food truck in Montgomery County. (Photo: Jay Westcott)
It's a sad day for food truck aficionados hoping for a boom in offerings in Montgomery County now that one of Bethesda's few staples is gone.
The Gazette first reported that Ali Baba's Falafel mobile food vendor license expired Monday and that the county refused to renew it because of a litany of complaints, most notably that the food truck wasn't really mobile at all.
The truck operates and remains on the parking lot of the Montgomery County Women's Co-op on Wisconsin Avenue, and the co-op's vendor manager John Nokthadan tells TBD that the market isn't looking for a new tenant anytime soon.
"We are hoping that they fight and they come back," he says. “We were very pleased with them. We don’t have any problems with them. They were good for the neighborhood because the neighborhood liked the food."
It seems that they are putting up some kind of a fight — Bethesda Patch reports that the trucks' owners have posted a sign in the window urging patrons to contact the county and elected officials to advocate for the truck.
Ali Baba Falafel was inspected three times in 2010 and received eight notations of non-compliance. Violations in the reports obtained by TBD include:
-The unit lacking hot water.
-Waste water draining onto the parking lot.
-Cutting board and some other equipment noted as unclean on a particular day.
-The mobile unit not moving from its location at the end of the day.
-The unit using an exterior electrical source.
Do those violations concern you, or would you eat at the truck regardless? Let us know in the comments.